Originally Posted by Spike
...I'd like to see more engines support both protocols properly, but I doubt that's ever going to happen now, people just don't care so long as they can continue as they are.
Unfortunately you may be correct, although let's hope not
, but perhaps another way to look at it is do those exact players who are set in their ways currently have the tools and know how to do this with minimum effort? If it was a little easier to join ANY server with their favourite engine, regardless of whether it was NQ or QW, perhaps the idea might get more support.
I know you have mentioned before that FTE can connect to NQ servers, and if Baker, Rook and LH were able to make that same leap and enable us to connect to QW servers seemlessly it could be a big step in the right direction. Even though my experience previously was not good I would still be inclined to drop on to a QW server once in a while and give it a try if this were possible with a "unified" regular client.
I wonder if a unified server might be a better way. Just off the top of my head, would it be possible to have a server engine (e.g. FTE) running RuneQuake, that would allow any Quake client to connect through the usual ports and play the selected "mode" (QW/NQ) without any client side changes?
This is just my humble opinion aimed at understanding the problem a little better so please don't shoot the messenger